The Kent and Medway National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme invites all men registered with a GP for a screening in the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or treated for an AAA can request screening.
The process will:
- Identify aneurysms that need monitoring
- Discover aneurysms that could rupture, enabling treatment to be offered
- Reassure men who don't have an aneurysm.
An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is used to detect AAAs. The scan is carried out by a screener who is specially trained to work within the NHS AAA Screening Programme. The scan itself is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results are provided straight away.
There are three possible results from the scan:
1. No Aneurysm found
No aneurysm has been found. If your aorta is less than 3cm wide, the aorta is not enlarged. We will not invite you for screening again
2. Small or medium aneurysm found
If we find a small or medium aneurysm this means that the aorta is a little wider than normal. We invite men with a small aneurysm back for regular scans to check whether the aorta is getting bigger.
3. Large aneurysm found
If we find a large aneurysm this means that the aorta is much wider than normal. Only about 1 in 1000 men who are screened have a large aneurysm. We give men with a large aneurysm an appointment with a specialist team to have more scans and to talk about possible treatment, usually an operation.
Men aged 65 and over are most at risk from abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Invitations for screening are sent to men in the year they turn 65.
Those over 65 who have never been invited for AAA screening can ask for a scan by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01227 868775.
The test is a simple scan of the abdomen lasting approximately 10 minutes and, in most cases, results are given immediately. There are generally no symptoms associated with AAAs, which is why screening is important.
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